WW – Comfort Food

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup + Baby Potato and Cauliflower roast + Toasted Bread = Heaven on Earth :)

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Microblog Mondays – Salt & Pepper for me :D

Five years back I noticed a small bunch – made of 10 to 12 hairs – near my forehead on the right side, starting to grey.  It never used to show so much because of my regular use of henna conditioner for my hair.

But the work pressures are on the higher side that the application of henna has got postponed by 2 years…sigh…you read it right.

Doesn’t that leave me the option of remaining in Salt & Pepper colors on my scalp ?? ;)
White and Black are colors too, right ??

Now a days, I don’t mind it at all. But one day, in the coming years, I am going to go for a short hair-cut and make the salt and pepper look stylish too :P

And Salt and Pepper can look sexy too, like this !! :D

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Do you color your hair ??

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Breaking that fear with resilience

I like to live life on a certain comfort level.  Study well, get into a good job, do the job honestly and sincerely used to be my mantra, when I was in College.  Going out of the line in a queue for life and career, was never my way.  But I excelled in whatever I did and I loved it, actually I was very satisfied with it.

Making huge amounts of money was never in my mind.  The only thing that mattered to me then was to get into Microsoft and work there.  Even though it still remains a distant dream, the distance has grown and my yearning to cross that distance has gone. No regrets.

This mantra which I held close to my heart formed due to personal experiences.  The word “Business” used to wreak havoc to my calm equilibrium of mind.  I’ve seen a family going in separate ways, because of the side-effects of one failed business.  Having seen the painful experiences during my teens made such an impact on me that I literally dreaded that word and everything associated with it.

And then I got married. Even though my husband was employed with a reputed MNC, his two elder brothers were doing their own business.  Even though it took me some time to warm up to the idea of businesses doing well, the wariness never left me.

My husband changed jobs a few times – we moved from place to place, but there was always something that he was looking for.  And when he felt that the present job will not offer him that, he started looking out for another one.  This kept on going for two decades. And still no sign of satisfaction.  There was only this tired dreary feeling that you need to do something worthwhile with this life on Earth.

That was the time he decided that he’ll be his own boss, from now on.  There’s no point in working for someone and not finding happiness.  By doing his own business, he’ll be happy from the beginning, however the results of the business turns out to be.

It was me who was in the fix.  I was scared of that word. I dreaded it.  The closet of fears kept knocking hard on me.  And I was scared to even touch the door.

But I wanted him to be happy in his career and start his own business. He said that I’ve to agree wholeheartedly to this new venture and that he cannot proceed without my consent.

I wanted to be healed big time of that tight ball of fear inside me.  I wanted him to go ahead and start the business soon. I needed all the positivity in this Earth to come to me and make me feel better.

There was this thought that if I don’t do this in my life now, then I won’t be able to do it any time. It’s now or never.  I don’t have second chances in life. This is the only life which I’ve, to live by my terms and make it a happier one.  And I am not going to allow some fears from the past to erode that happiness.

I started healing my mind from inside and many positive things started happening than I never even dreamt of !  The Universe gave me the strength to go forward and break open the closet of fears, thereby proving to myself that there’s nothing inside to be afraid of.  The affirmations and signs that I received to go forward with this new venture of ours, made me strong.  I started thinking of it as our business rather than his.

After all what great pleasure can it be for him to be his own boss…that’s a life worth living for him.  And in no way, I was going to sit there and let my fears overrule his joy and there by mine too.  I learnt to let go of many closet-fears that had stayed inside me because I allowed them all. Now, I learnt to break them all away.

I need to be happy and I want to see our business grow.  Other people’s perception of what I am is no longer important to me.

I am glad I learnt this lesson to break over my fear and life’s good now.  I am a free bird – no fears.  Let life throw me with any situation.  I am confident of enjoying the situation and growing from it.

Does the fear need to be broken only to perform great physical feats?
There are mental struggles which are mainly due to coiled up fears and that restrict a normal life from happening. Those fears also need to be broken for making a better life ! And my story is one of the latter.

This post was written for Indiblogger’s Rise above fear Campaign !

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WW – Winter Comfort Food

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Microblog Mondays – That mushy me

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I am one silly romantic at heart.  I love watching those chick-flicks. I love those M&B kind of romantic stories. Only condition is happy ending :D

Any movie ending, where the guy hugs the girl and kisses, is sure to bring tears to my eyes ! Yeah….I know its too much ! But the tears don’t stop coming yaar, what to do !!

Even when I watch repeat episodes of Castle, I love the way Castle and Kate look at each other or smile…it just melts me.

I am made that way – the mushy girl, deep inside. Flowers entice me, a soft touch and a warm hug are the best gifts in this Earth, according to me.

And both my girls are such a xerox copy of me in this.

Its Christmas time now….but love is in the air for me – always :D

What about you ??

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Guest post by younger one

My younger one is so full of life, highly emotional and very expressive with what she feels. I love her for that.  When she was young, she’ll always ask me to read out the story books to her. It was always that way.  While my elder one kept reading books on her own, I’ll be reading out to this younger one. She took to reading on her own much later. But now, she just can’t put the books down.  She is always in search of books to read – any genres. And I am glad that I took time to read out to her.

But now, she stumped me with this extempo speech in her class. Her English teacher was impressed too, which made me more happy.

Here is her speech, as a guest post – of course, am a proud mom showing off here :D :D

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A NEW BEGINNING

Sometimes it still feels like I just joined this school and soon I’ll be done with school and my 3 years in this school.

14 years of school life in 6 different schools – it has been quite a journey.  It goes without saying that these 3 years have taught me so much and has shaped me into the person who is ready and raring to go out into the world where a new journey will begin.

Everyone’s talking about fond primary school memories and how much fun it was back then and I just sit thinking how it would have been if I were in a school from start to end.  I have always ended up being the New Kid; not that it was a bad thing but it wasn’t a great thing too, for me.

It was always nice and exciting meeting new people, making new friends but sometimes I felt I didn’t entirely belong there.  One thing I realized after coming to this school was that almost all of you have been here from the beginning and have literally grown up together.  This is the biggest thing that I’ve missed out in my 14 years of school.

College is something I really look forward to because at least then I won’t be the only New Kid around. Also, its exciting to think about living on my own in a new place and experiencing the college life that everyone’s been talking about.  I’m not saying that I won’t miss my class but I can’t wait for the years to come.

So, nothing is permanent in life, be it people, schools or any situation too. It’s good to get attached to the familiarity of it but also be ready to let go when its time and adapt to any change that comes along.  So, enjoy every moment because you’re not going to get it back ever.

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WW – The cotton ball that broke up

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Microblog Mondays – Snooze time

Getting up early morning is a ritual, to pack lunch for my daughter.   I need to check out the ingredients available, then think of a suitable dish and then start cooking.  For all these, I need to be up by 5.30 am.

But you know what ?? I keep my alarm for 5am.  When I was young, the alarms never urged me to wake up.  We used to have those manual alarm clocks.  I’ll sleep through the alarm peacefully while someone else in the house will switch the alarm off, muttering under their breath about me and my alarm :P

The manual alarm clocks don’t come near me as I’ve switched to my cell phone alarm :D

When the alarm rings at 5, I am in no hurry to get up. Seriously…this is the part I love. I snooze the alarm on my cell phone.

Then again the alarm rings at 5.05, 5.10, 5.15, 5.20, 5.25 and every time I snooze it and cover my head and go to sleep again. That 30 minutes of sleep is my most precious sleep which I can never forego.

Then when the final call for 5.30 happens, I decide its high time to face the day ahead.

There are days, when I switch off the alarm instead of snoozing it and sleep extra and have one rush day.  But I love my snooze time sleep.

So, do you snooze your alarm ??

Or rush out of your bed when you hear one ring of the alarm ??

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Raising my voice for Pallikaranai Marshlands

Our PM, Mr Modi, has been inspiring the people of this country with his impressive speeches.  And every one of his speech calls out to people to do something for this country of ours and not wait for the Government to come and do everything.

My special liking is for those calls to make a cleaner India.

I am a self-obsessed cleanliness freak.  And its a proud moment to say that none of us in my family litter or spit on the roads or public places.  Even if we collect some trash after eating out, I pack it all and bring it home to be thrown in the dust-bin.  It saddens me when people throw things out of buses, trains and even spit out of them too.  What about a dangerous cigarette butt with fire, being thrown out of a car !! How insane are these people !!

And then came the inspiring speech from the PM.  Now, here is a person, who the whole country sits up and listens to.  And when he approached the topic of cleanliness, I applauded him so much.

A clean country is the need of the hour and it’s in our hands to make this happen.  To enable such a change among the masses, we as the people of India can contribute in varied ways.

For example, I stay in a multi-storeyed apartment. And we still don’t have a system to collect the organic wastes and the in-organic wastes separately. When I asked the concerned people in my Apartment, they said that there is no point in doing so, as the Corporation mixes them all again.  I want this system of collecting garbage to change and give provision for separate collection system for organic and in-organic wastes.

Why this is important to me ?? I happen to stay near the only marshlands Chennai can boast of – Pallikaranai.  It’s a beautiful place where one gets to see amazingly lovely birds; I think they have started coming, as winter is approaching.  And this marshlands is being used by the Corporation as a garbage dump-yard, killing the environment slowly.

And with all the organic and in-organic wastes mixed together, it’s going to be a sure-shot death for these lovely marshlands, in a few years from now.

If it had been only organic wastes, at least, it would have helped the marshlands in some way. The plastics and rubber and the constant fire by the garbage dumping people, is such a big scare for the birds and the beauty of the marshlands.

Now, isn’t it our priority to protect the marshlands and make way for more birds to come in and breed here ?  Given enough time and proper maintenance, these Pallikaranai marshlands can become like Vedanthangal, in the protection of birds. It’s all in our hands to make it happen.

Here is where the Strepsils AbMontuBolega #AbMontuBolega Campaign comes into place. This Campaign is all about raising your voice to a Cleaner India.  We know that raising our voices against all that is dirty in our country is a power that we all have. Let’s exercise the power of our voice & work towards a Swach Bharat.

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Here is a Campaign that marks the end of being a silent spectator and start talking about what matters most to us.

Now, through this campaign, I would like my voice to reach out to many people and make a difference in the authorities stand of using the Pallikaranai as a garbage dump-yard.  You can read more on Pallikaranai marsh lands and the manipulation of these marshlands here – [link]

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Fly with A380

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I am awed. No, make it dumbstruck. Just looking at this gigantic flying machine – the Lufthansa Airbus A380 #LufthansaA380, makes me gape at the screen ! Imagine boarding and flying in it…sigh…what an experience that’ll be !

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. Now, New Delhi is one among such airports. It’s a moment of pride and happiness to see this Jumbo aircraft make way into the Indian sub-continent, with all due credit to Lufthansa !

“With the new A380, customers will be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products and services including the state-of-the art first class and the launch of A380 underlines our commitment to provide Indian customers with the best Lufthansa experience worldwide,” said Wolfgang Will, Lufthansa’s Director (South Asia). – quotes Business Standard.

The A380 is the largest and heaviest passenger aircraft in the world. It is 73 meters long, 24 meters high, and has a takeoff weight of up to 560 tons. The Lufthansa A380 seats 526 passengers, and its four Rolls-Royce engines each generate 70000 lbs of thrust. That‘s the rough equivalent of what 3500 cars could produce. Ecologically speaking, too, the A380 raises the bar. The megaliner is quieter than other planes, uses less fuel and can even “think” for itself and automatically apply the brakes after landing on the runway.

Now, doesn’t that dazzle you ?? It can think for itself and its humongous size and engine power makes other airliners look smaller.

The Indian Aviation Sector is in the process of tremendous growth with an increasing number of passengers and cargo in the next 20 years and this growth is going to be accelerated by many other factors.  The Indian Airports are being re-designed and renovated to accommodate more flights and passengers, enabling the process of growth. Also, private players in the Airport Infrastructure field are making the Airports in India more sophisticated and a world-class one, enabling many foreign airliners to think of making a stop in India with a flight or two.

With such a big growth foretold for the Indian Aviation Industry, here comes the A380 to make way for such progress in the right direction.  With almost 526 passenger capacity / flight, the A380 is all about being big.   What with the Tourists and Students flocking to foreign lands on the rise, bigger airliners are the need of the hour.

Lufthansa’s in-flight Catering service – Sky Chefs is another feather in the cap for this Airlines. With the amazing array of dishes making the eating experience more Indian than it can be, this is one of the biggest reasons which will make Lufthansa A380 a huge success in the Indian Aviation Sector.lufthansa

Watch this new Lufthansa ad created for the Indian market !
While Lufthansa is well-known for safety, reliability, class and perfection, this Ad brings in the emotional connect of the brand with the Indians.  The Indian crew on board, Indian movies, Indian food – all these make a greater impact on the Indians who wish to travel by the A380.

There are 101 small things that makes an airline stand apart. For some people, it could be as simple as the choice of movies.  For others, it could be the food. And for many others, it could be the leg space in the Economy class.  And for a travel blogger, it could be a fabulous thing to find the blankets and headsets already on the seats. And when it comes to Lufthansa, rest assured that all small things are given priority and taken care of .

So, what are you waiting for ??

Fly with Lufthansa A380 #LufthansaA380 and experience the amazing feeling of being at home in air :)

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Finally, enjoy all the action during the inaugural flight of the Lufthansa Airbus A380 from New Delhi, in this video.  #LufthansaA380

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